Because I was a bad blogger and skipped out on October… here is my November Month in Review!
November has been a good month. Although I haven’t been writing like a maniac like my NaNoWriMo and NaNoBloPoMo friends, I definitely have been hanging out with my words. The past few weeks have been filled with meaningful posts that I’m really proud of. Be sure to read my comparison between apple farming and writing, my frustration at American responses to the refugee crisis, and musings from the shore of Lake Superior. I also posted a poem that’s been sitting in my archives for over two years. Be sure to check it out and let me know if I should put on my poet hat more often.
Looking ahead, I have an exciting December planned! I hope to start posting book reviews again. I also have a fun holiday-themed series coming up that I am going to need your help for! Stay tuned for more details.
This month, I was a literary fiend, tearing through books at an alarming rate. I keep track of how many books I read each year on Goodreads. In the past week, my count has exceeded 100–a personal record!
I’ve spent a LOT of time over the past two weeks binge-reading fluffy YA novels. Rainbow Rowell is SO GOOD. Marissa Meyer’s conclusion to her Lunar Chronicles series was incredibly satisfying (review coming soon!). And, despite my love/hate relationship with Stephanie Perkins, I managed to eat up one of her novels in less than 24 hours. (Oh, the beauty of Thanksgiving Break.)
Here’s a list of some of my reads:
- Symphony of Ages trilogy by Elizabeth Haydon
- Fangirl/Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Seven Words of Power by James Maxwell
- Winter by Marissa Meyer
- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
- Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Forgotten God by Francis Chan
- Yes Please by Amy Pohler
November was filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Things at work went from awful to not-so-bad. Of course, once I finally get a firm grip on the job, it’s time to hand it off to someone else. We managed to find a stellar candidate for the Executive Director position. The hiring decision isn’t official yet, but will be in a week or so. This means that my brief stint into Chamber of Commerce life is nearly over. No tears are being shed over this.
Orchard season also came to a close. We’ve been going strong since August, but finally reached the end. It was a season for the record books–biggest crowds, biggest crops, biggest sales. It was an exhausting, rewarding ride and I am happy to be done. I do miss the physical work. Hauling around 40 lb crates of fruit helped me stay in shape and I liked the monotony. Still, having actual weekends is an absolute dream!
This month, I celebrated my twenty third birthday by enjoying a shopping spree with my mom at the Mall of America. I spent WAY too much money, but have worn my purchases (a sweater, new pants, some scarves) enough times to make it more than worthwhile.
I hung out with friends quite a bit. My high school buddies and I had a movie night, where they introduced me to The Sandlot. Now whenever my mom exasperates me, I can knowingly retort, “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!” My friend, Kassandra, and I had a delightful brunch at a cafe in St. Paul a few weeks back and I was reunited with my long-time friend, Holly, who made the trip from Washington D.C. to spend Thanksgiving with her family. My study abroad friend, Maddie, came up from her now-home Minneapolis and we spent a memorable afternoon closing up the orchard, wandering around Taylors Falls, and discussing music, politics, and spirituality.
I managed to escape home for a night by accompanying my mom and brother to Duluth, where they had work meetings. While there, I had some quality me-time strolling along the lakeshore. That afternoon, we went to a press conference and I got to shake hands with a U.S. Congressman, which was pretty cool.
Finally, the most unexpected thing of all happened in the form of an opening to live and study at a ministry in England. If you had told me a month ago that I’d be returning to the U.K., I would have laughed in your face. It’s amazing what a few short weeks can do! I’m not really sure what to expect from this adventure, but I’m having a lot of fun dreaming about it. Who knows if I’ll ever come home?
That wraps up my Month in Review! As always, thanks for reading.
Twenty Three. November 2015
Hiking on a warm Sunday afternoon at Wild River State Park